So here I am, the day after C2E2 has ended with some helpful hints for those out there getting ready for your own con experiences.
One: ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS when wearing either a skirt or bathing suitish costume wear tights/stockings/leggings...your legs will thanks you later on.
Two: If deciding to wear heels/stilettos always make sure you can walk LONG distances in them and as mentioned before WEAR stockings. I learned this the hard way and now my feet are paying the price.
Three: Invest in good soles for your heels/shoes. Not only will your feet thank you after the long days on the con floor but your back will be singing your praise as well.
Four: Painkillers, makeup mirrors, touch-up makeup are handy. Your utility belts are an awesome way to carry them around without loading down a bag.
Five: HYDRATE! I know you'll be super caffeinated and most likely drunk at some point but it's important to drink actual water occasionally.
Six: Having some sort of plan of attack is a good idea if you want artist sigs, autographs, see lectures, or participate in events. I know my husband and I had a few panic attacks this time around trying to get what we wanted.
Six.1: Knowing where all this is going on is always helpful. Program guides are useful tools, or if the con has an app,download it.
Seven: If dressing for cons, get your character pose ready. You'll be getting a lot of photos taken and you'll want to look your best. I've taken many a crummy con photo.
Eight: Subtle cosplay outfits don't always work well at cons. It can be disappointing to realize it's taken six hours and nine passes by a booth or person for them to realize who you're cosplaying as. Try going in a group. It'll be easier for people to pick up the idea that way.
Nine: Hotel rooms (the closer to con the better) and con public transport are your best friends. At the end of the night you don't want to have to worry about an hour drive to your hotel, especially if you're the one driving. Plus, you then can easily transport your lovely con buys back to your hotel room without having to haul them back and forth for hours.
Ten: EAR PLUGS. When sharing a room with a ton of people, be aware that at least one of them snores and will snore like a grizzly bear attached to a loud speaker. You don't want to end up in your hotel lobby at three in the morning watching Penelope on your ipod getting asked by the cops what on earth your doing...trust me.
Eleven: Test run your wigs beforehand. I made the mistake of getting a new one right before con and although it looked great I had trouble keeping in on my head. Find a way to fix that baby right on.
So that's it for me. I have many redos for my upcoming con in August (See ya'll at Wizard World Chicago!) and I'll let you know how that goes.